Best Open Source Big Data Analytics Software Tools for 2021

Getting smarter is always a good thing & making informed decisions and capitalizing on inefficiencies and opportunities have always been crucial components of getting ahead of the pack in commerce.

Analyzing data, especially in a business intelligence context, has become a norm, so much so that it’s diffusing to the masses. Community-driven solutions are no longer just creeping into the marketplace, but are legitimate alternatives to proprietary ones, with thousands of users and contributors backing their infrastructure.

There is a common misperception that open source means free. While this is true in many, if not most, cases, it isn’t a direct synonym.

Open source software simply means that the source code is available and editable by the end-user. They are allowed to copy, modify and redistribute it as they see fit, depending on the license given by the creator.

So what makes them more appealing than a proprietary option?

Read More: SelectHub.com

James Bond Film ‘No Time to Die’ Explored $600 Million Sale to Streaming Services

Apple, Netflix and other streaming services explored the possibility of acquiring “No Time to Die,” the upcoming James Bond movie that was originally slated to debut last April. The film’s release has been postponed multiple times, with the Daniel Craig vehicle moving back to November before being pushed into 2021 as the number of coronavirus cases kept growing.

MGM, the studio behind the film, reportedly lost between $30 million to $50 million due to the delays, insiders said. Bloomberg first reported the discussions, which have been the topic du jour in Hollywood this week. Other studios, such as Paramount and Sony, have raked in tens of millions by selling movies like “Greyhound,” “Coming 2 America” and “Without Remorse” to streaming services while the exhibition sector continues to struggle during the pandemic.

“We do not comment on rumors. The film is not for sale. The film’s release has been postponed until April 2021 in order to preserve the theatrical experience for moviegoers,” an MGM spokesperson told Variety.

However, multiple insiders at rival studios and companies said that a possible Bond sale was explored overtly, and believe that MGM was at least open to the possibility of unloading their crown jewel for a princely sum. The studio was said to be looking for a deal of roughly $600 million — a price tag that was deemed too rich for two of the free-spending streaming services. A sale of this magnitude would be led exclusively by Kevin Ulrich, the chairman and CEO of MGM’s majority owner Anchorage Capital Group, insiders said.

It’s unclear if producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, who exert control of the series through their company Eon, would sign off on the deal. Universal Pictures, which has foreign distribution rights to “No Time to Die,” would have to be made whole in any possible sale and reimbursed for any expenses the studio incurred. That the parties involved would explore a streaming sale is notable, given that the film was the first tentpole to move release dates before coronavirus was upgraded to a global pandemic — making it an early indicator that even the iconic spy and ladies man would not save us from the viral event.

Moving “No Time to Die” to a streaming service poses some logistical challenges. The film costs more than $250 million to produce and has lined up several promotional partnerships to help defray those costs — including Land Rover, Omega watches and Heineken. Those companies may have been expecting the film to hit theaters and might not be thrilled with a streaming-only bow. “Coming 2 America’s” sale to Amazon, for instance, was contingent on making sure that its promotional partners, McDonald’s and Crown Royal, were on board with the change in plans.

Source: Variety.com & Slashdot.org

eLearning v/s book publishing

I have been toying with the idea of starting my own versions of eLearning since a long time. I have made some YouTube.com videos and I have did earned some money from them. The revenue model here is only YouTube Adsense. And what else is maybe understood as branding or mass reach and all this for pure free of cost.

Now somedays back it occurred to me about hosting Video courses on Udemy.com.
UDEMY Instructor Revenue Share
There is no fee 2create & host a course on Udemy, & u can publish as many free & paid courses as U like
# Instructor Promotion: 97% revenue share
# Udemy Organic: 50% revenue share
# Paid User Acquisition Channel Sales: 25% instructor revenue share
All in all exciting. eLearning with the best ways.

Now I want to say that video production is not affordable for a 1 man army like me. So the only other way would be – book publishing. There is only 1 great book publishing and its Amazon – Kindle.

Amazon’s list of 100 best-selling books has become a pricing free-for-all. During the week I’m writing this, 21 books were selling for just 99¢. Others were priced at $4.98, $7.59, and $8.82. The most expensive single book, at $16.99, was Dick Cheney’s memoir. There is none of the clarity of iTunes in its early years, when the price of music tracks was fixed at 99¢.

Amazon pays out a royalty of 70% on all Kindle titles priced between $2.99 to $9.99. For eBooks priced below $2.99 and above $9.99, Amazon pays out only 35%.

To encourage more readers with a low price and still get the 70% royalty, you would set your price to $2.99. Every sale will yield you a net royalty of $2.09 per sale.

If you opt to maximize your exposure and price your book at $0.99, then you’ll get 35 cents per sale. In order to get $2.09 in royalties with a book priced at $0.99, you’ll have to sell 6 books. If you sell 1,000 books at $2.99, then you’ll make $2,090. If you are contemplating a price drop to $0.99, then you’ll have to sell 5,972 books to make the same net royalties you did when it was priced at $2.99.

YouTube Ads Will Increase Significantly In 2021

YouTube ads will be popping up more and more as we move into 2021.

The company announced on its blog recently that it has revised its terms of service to allow ads to appear on video channels that are not part of the YouTube Partner Program — a program that allows the owner of a channel to generate revenue by attaching ads to his/her video content. Previously, only creators with more than 1,000 subscribers were able to join the program, and any videos from creators who dipped below that threshold did not have ads. But that’s all changed now. Ads will be automatically added to all videos regardless of whether creators decide to be a part of the program — Those who are not part of the partner program, however, will not be receiving revenue for ads shown. Sources suggest that this move is a strategy aimed to draw in more users on YouTube, increase ad revenue and encourage users to subscribe to YouTube’s monthly subscription service YouTube Premium.

YouTube’s new policy will take immediate effect in the U.S., followed by other regions next year.

Source: HypeBeast.com

GNU Guix Wants To Replace The Linux-Libre Kernel With The Hurd Micro-Kernel

Seemingly at first thinking it was just an April Fools’ Day joke, but it turns out the GNU Guix developers responsible for their package manager and operating system are actually working to replace their Linux (GNU Linux-libre to be exact) kernel with GNU Hurd.

The GNU Guix project announced today they are planning to deprecate support for the Linux kernel. Their Guix 1.1 target would be the last supporting Linux-libre and by Guix 2.0 they would potentially be removing their Linux kernel entirely but still allowing “foreign” distributions to support it on a best-effort basis.

They want GNU Hurd to “increase security and freedom for their users.” Though GNU Hurd still doesn’t run on much of today’s hardware. Hurd still lacks in the area of 64-bit and SMP capabilities not to mention all of the other newer hardware features and device support. Hurd can basically be spun up for a basic virtual machine but isn’t too practical beyond that but it fits the GNU principles on freedom.

GNU Guix defaulting to Hurd would be one of the few open-source projects doing so, with the unofficial Debian GNU/Hurd being another.

Thinking it may have just been an elaborate April Fools’ Day joke, but there is actually the Guix’s wip-hurd and wip-hurd-vm branches where this work is happening to promote Hurd within the Guix ecosystem.

Source: Phoronix.com

hCaptcha Is Now the Largest Independent CAPTCHA Service, Runs on 15% Of The Internet

Competing with Google and other Big Tech companies seems like a tall order: their monopolistic market power, platform effects and army of highly paid developers are generally considered too powerful to tackle for anyone but other tech giants such as Facebook or Amazon. Our story shows that it doesn’t have to be that way — you can beat Big Tech by focussing on privacy. Consider Google reCAPTCHA, which consumes enormous amounts of behavioral data to determine whether web users are legitimate humans or bots. At hCaptcha, we have deliberately taken a very different approach, using privacy-preserving machine learning techniques to identify typical bot behaviors at high accuracy, all while consuming and storing as little data as possible.

Google is an ad company, and their security products look very much like their ad products: they track user behavior on every page of a website and across the web. We designed hCaptcha to be as privacy-friendly as possible from day one. This led to a completely different approach to the problem. As it turns out, tracking users across the web and tying their web history to their identity is completely unnecessary for achieving good security. The many companies that have switched over to hCaptcha often report equal or better performance in bot detection and mitigation despite our privacy focus.

A growing number of critics have pointed out that Google’s disregard for user privacy should concern customers looking to protect their websites and apps. At the same time, stopping bots from accessing publisher sites can reveal ad fraud, pitting Google’s reCAPTCHA product directly against their ad business, which produces over 80% of their revenue. Every bot Google detects should be earning zero ad dollars. Google’s company incentives are thus poorly aligned with the users of their security services, and this may be one explanation for the poor performance of their reCAPTCHA security offering.

More: SlashDot.org & hCapthca.com

Pure Slideshare – No Fat Fat Books

I have been trying to make videos on YouTube since some time but failing at it. I have made SlideShares as well and have been quite a good success at it. I was having a thought about starting with Kindle Publishing for all my E3CLS efforts.

Just after this decision, I made all my pre cursors to this direction and set some timelines.

Immediately after that I found – OpenStax.org and it also looks like a beauty.

I have a huge inspiration & competition now and I want to do something cool. I have decided to do a tonnes of SlideShares in parallel to some other Creative Commons Efforts.

Life now is engaged lie – Pure SlideShares – No Fat Fat books – No Videos.

The History of SEO

Apple ::: Think Different @ Steve Jobs

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

— Steve Jobs, 1997

Linus Torvalds says, “Start Small”

Kshitij Chandan has a link to a quote by Linus Torvalds:

Nobody should start to undertake a large project. You start with a small _trivial_ project, and you should never expect it to get large. If you do, you’ll just overdesign and generally think it is more important than it likely is at that stage. Or worse, you might be scared away by the sheer size of the work you envision.

So start small, and think about the details. Don’t think about some big picture and fancy design. If it doesn’t solve some fairly immediate need, it’s almost certainly over-designed. And don’t expect people to jump in and help you. That’s not how these things work. You need to get something half-way _useful_ first, and then others will say “hey, that _almost_ works for me”, and they’ll get involved in the project.

And if there is anything I’ve learnt from Linux, it’s that projects have a life of their own, and you should _not_ try to enforce your “vision” too strongly on them. Most often you’re wrong anyway, and if you’re not flexible and willing to take input from others (and willing to change direction when it turned out your vision was flawed), you’ll never get anything good done.

In other words, be willing to admit your mistakes, and don’t expect to get anywhere big in any kind of short timeframe. I’ve been doing Linux for thirteen years, and I expect to do it for quite some time still. If I had _expected_ to do something that big, I’d never have started. It started out small and insignificant, and that’s how I thought about it.

Last 20 Years of Journey

I started my first business entity in 1999 as my web designing agency. Later on in 2000 I started a 3 page eCommerce website of mine where in I used to sell Linux, BSD and Network Tools CDs. There after I have worked in all sorts of small and big companies in big and small roles respectively.

I have done HTML4.1 and CSS2. I have done Photoshop. I have done bit of Usability and UX. And I have done a lot of Ruby programming.

Its been 20 years since I bought my first computer and its now like 9 PCs, 5 Laptops and 1 iMAC and 1 MacBook Air now and I am planning to buy 1 more iMAC very soon.

Life is now gearing up for next 20 years.

Increase in demand for Software Developer

If you are interested in pursuing a career in development and don’t know where to start, here’s your go-to guide for salaries, skills, and the best programming languages to learn.

Developers are among the most highly sought-after tech professionals in the workforce, with increased demand and talent shortages leading to large salaries for many of those in the field. That said, software development is a dynamic field, in which new programming languages, frameworks, and technologies may live and die within a few years, and job needs are constantly shifting.

Why is there increased demand for developers?

Every company has become a tech company to some degree, with digital transformation projects underway in most industries to stave off disruption. This means that demand for developer talent has skyrocketed in recent years, as companies seek people who can bring digital projects and applications to life.

Front-end developers, full stack developers, mobile developers, and back-end developers are among the top 10 hardest to fill tech jobs, according to data from Indeed.

Meanwhile, the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics predicts that software developer jobs will grow 24% between 2016 and 2026–much faster than the average rate of other professions, the bureau noted. Application developer jobs are projected to grow 31% in that time, and systems developers are forecast to grow 11%.

What are some developer job roles?

Developers can take a number of different career paths. Here are a few roles in the field.

  • Mobile developer: Builds apps for mobile devices, including iOS and Android. A mobile developer might use Java, Swift, and Objective-C.
  • Full stack developer: Is able to work on both the front-end and back-end portions of an application or website. A full stack developer has specialized knowledge of all stages of software development, including server, network, and hosting environment; relational and nonrelational databases; interacting with APIs; user interface and user experience; quality assurance; security; customer and business needs.
  • Front-end developer: Builds websites by converting data to a graphical interface for the user to view and interact with, using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
  • Back-end developer: Builds the functionality and interactivity of a website, including the elements that allow users to carry out actions like logging in, creating an account, and liking posts. Depending on what you want your web app to do, you might learn languages including Java, Python, Ruby, and PHP.

Read More @ TechRepublic.com

Syllabus of Personal MBA – designed by Josh Kaufman

01. Productivity & Effectiveness (7 books)
02. The Human Mind (4 books)
03. Communication (5 books)
04. Influence (4 books)
05. Decision Making (4 books)
06. Creativity & Innovation (3 books)
07. Project Management (2 books)
08. Opportunity Identification (2 books)
09. Entrepreneurship (6 books)
10. Value Creation & Design (4 books)
11. Marketing (4 books)
12. Sales (4 books)
13. Value Delivery (3 books)
14. Negotiation (3 books)
15. Management (5 books)
16. Leadership (5 books)
17. Finance & Accounting (4 books)
18. Systems (3 books)
19. Corporate Skills (3 books)
20. Corporate Strategy (5 books)
21. Consulting (2 books)
22. Personal Finance (6 books)
23. Personal Development (5 books)

Syllabus of Personal MS CS (Designed by me…) — v0.1

CS is not getting outdated for even next 10-100 years of time. It only gets more and more matured with more and more new people participating and tech going both obscure and mature and new new tech which could be called bleeding edge of technology will keep making place for itself and also gather a mass of class for itself.

CS is not a thing to be studied only and only by some rich people. It’s a way of starting with the principles of engineering with an investment to buy a small PC BOX for INR 20,000/- and starting with proprietary – Microsoft Windows or Open Source – Linux.

These days almost everything is available at Google. Social Media Engines are growing and so is the reach and power of Open Source. Even M$ is moving its bases towards Open Source. The GNU project which laid the foundation for Free Software has become more mature and famously known as Linux & Open Source.

So as per the title & scope of this blog post, I must start typing the v0.1 for Syllabus for Personal MS CS.

Personal MS CS (Designed by me…)
01. Programming Paradigms
02. Algorithms & Data-Structures
03. Operating Systems
04. Database Management Systems
05. Data-mining & Data warehousing
06. Design Patterns
07. Web Application Development Technologies
08. Server Side Scripting Languages & Frameworks
09. Rich Internet Applications
10. Networking Technologies & Network Programming
11. Information Security & Cryptography
12. Compiler Designs
13. Artificial Intelligence
14. Human Computer Interface
15. ERP, CRM & Project Management
16. Embedded Systems Design

This is version 0.1, I will be updating the latest one very soon. Will also write a Kindle book each on each of these above 16 streams.

Hello World!!!

Hello World!!!

Welcome to my corner on the blogosphere of the World Wide Web.

Let me take the immense pleasure of introducing myself to you. I am Navin Dhanuka, well that’s the name my parents gave me. I was born on 7 June 1980, in Mumbai (then Bombay) in India.

I really miss my scholarly school days of BNVB. I have had problems being an attentive student after I met with a leg fracture. A small period of 4-6 months and a 6-8 hours of music listening everyday changed my psychology and ways of looking at things. And now after wandering for more than 25 years I am back as a scholarly person.

Life has been kind to me in the last 20 years, and I have moved from one node to another and from one mode to another. The next 20 years of this life is going to be more productive than the last 40 years as I predict.

I might complete E3CLS as well as write 100+ Kindle platform based books.

Besides BOOKS, you will see me write great stuff called – CS CODE. I want to compete with the best and prove that I am a good programmer and hacker as well.

My journey towards my life & career begins on the first day of 2021.

So much for a small – Hello World – post.

Stay tuned for more. I hope you enjoy your stay.